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Right to Green: Building parks through Community Engagement. Case Studies from Barranquilla, Essen, and Fortaleza
We are very pleased to invite you to join us for the webinar "Right to Green: Building Parks through Community Engagement.
Case Studies from Barranquilla, Essen, and Fortaleza”.

The event is organized by the International Urban and Regional Cooperation Latin America (IURC-LAC) Programme, and will take place on Wednesday, March 22nd at 09:00 CDT/16:00 CEST. The webinar will have a duration of 75 minutes and offer simultaneous interpretation in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

The webinar seeks to open up a technical discussion on the provision of inclusive access to green areas in cities. Three international experiences on the creation of micro-parks and the implementation of greening strategies, with strong participatory methodologies and community engagement approaches, will be discussed to highlight opportunities and challenges. These include:

- Barranquilla (Colombia): presentation of the “Todos al Parque” award-winning project and its evolution.
- Essen (Germany): design and creation of Tiny Forests to bring nature closer to communities.
- Fortaleza (Brazil): development of Microparques networks to recover public spaces.
- Panel discussion and Q&A

Mar 22, 2023 09:00 AM in Mexico City

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Manuel Trujillo Saad
Director @International Relations Department - Municipality of Barranquilla
Master in Public Administration from the London School of Economics and Economist and Political Scientist from the University of Pennsylvania. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, public policy and international cooperation. Within his professional experience he has served as financial and operations director of Endeavor Colombia, senior advisor to the Presidential Cooperation Agency (APC) Colombia and as a research associate of the Committee for Economic Development in Washington D.C.
Victor Macedo Lacerda
Vice-President @Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation of Fortaleza (CITINOVA).
M.Sc. in Transportation Engineering from the Federal University of Ceará. Graduated in Civil Engineering at the Federal University of Ceará (UFC), with undergraduate studies at Ecole Centrale Nantes, France, and additional training at Johns Hopkins University, USA. He worked for 7 years in the area of urban mobility and road safety at the Fortaleza City Hall and coordinated the Sustainable Accessibility Plan of Fortaleza. He is currently Vice-President of the Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation of Fortaleza (CITINOVA).
Luciana Mendes Lobo
Main secretary @Secretariat of Urban Planning and Environment
Lawyer, specialist in Administrative Law and Process and Master in Conflict Management in Law, having developed research in the area of Digital Governance and consensual solutions of conflicts in public management. Luciana is currently in charge of the Secretariat of Urban Planning and Environment.She also worked at the Secretary of Tourism of Ceará as executive secretary. She was an advisor to state bodies focused on economic development, agriculture and cattle ranching, and water resources management. In April 2018, when she took over the head position in the Control and Ombudsman Office of Fortaleza, she became the first woman to hold the position in the Secretariat's history.
Johanna Marks
Officer @City Development and division of green infrastructure - Essen Municipality
She studied a Masters of Science in Geographie at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, with a specialisation in urban- and landscape ecology. She then worked in the department of nature preservation for the City of Marl, and is currently collaborating in the department for city development, division green infrastructure of the City of Essen.